Hanan al-Hroub, who works with children exposed to violence, wins prize at ceremony featuring tributes from Prince William, the Pope and Bill Clinton
The Duke of Cambridge has paid tribute to the “incredible work” of the teaching profession as a Nobel-style award worth $1m was handed to a teacher from Palestine.
Hanan al-Hroub, who works with children who have grown up exposed to violence, was given the second annual Global Teacher prize at a star-studded ceremony in Dubai.
Looking delighted as she was handed the award, Hroub said: “I did it, I won!”
“I know what an incredible teacher can mean to a child,” he said. “A good teacher holds the power to influence, inspire and shape a young person’s life for the better. They represent the key to real change in this world.”
The prince added: “Teachers are also uniquely placed to recognise and support the most vulnerable and troubled children in our society, reaching young people early on in their education and providing them with the extra support they need and giving them the best possible chance in life. This is an incredible responsibility.”
The winner was announced by Pope Francis via video message.
“I would like to congratulate the teacher Hanan al-Hroub for winning this prestigious prize due to the importance that she gave to the ‘playing’ part in the education of the children,” he said.
In her acceptance speech, given in Arabic, she said: “I am proud to be a Palestinian female teacher standing on this stage. I accept this as a win for all teachers in general and Palestinian teachers in particular.
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“The Palestinian teacher can talk to the world now. Hand in hand we can effect change and provide a safe education to provide peace,” she told the AP.
- Palestinian wins million-dollar Teacher of the Year prize — Times of Israel
- Ex-refugee wins $1m global teacher prize — BBC
- Palestinian refugee teacher wins $1m teaching award — Al Jazeera com
Hroub received the Varkey Foundation award in Dubai on Sunday [Global Education and Skills Forum]